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Historic block faces condemnation

March 11, 2014

WOONSOCKET – City planners have long viewed the historic commercial block as a key to rejuvenating Main Street, but the building could be condemned in 30 days if the owners fail to replace the roof.

Planning Director Joel Mathews said the ultimatum would be spelled out in a letter to be mailed today to Stamatos Property Management of Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Mathews said the state fire marshal has also given SPM 60 days to install a hard-wired fire alarm system, but the order is essentially moot unless the leaking, unstable roof is repaired first.

“It’s in such poor condition that our firefighters will not go onto the roof if there is a fire in the building,” said Mathews. “There is water pouring through the roof which renders any kind of electrical work you might do under those conditions suspect.”

Full story appears on page A1 of Wednesday's Call.

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